After months of consultation, design evaluation and business planning, Lola has presented to the IRL board with 'an innovative and commercially viable' proposal for the next generation of Indy Car.
At the heart of Lola's presentation was a carefully considered modern dual body style approach. This concept will provide two 'ready to race' aero performance-balanced IndyCars that could compete safely side by side and very close behind one another on all circuits. This, according to the proposal, would provide a unique focus for drivers, teams and fans alike without technical compromise or advantage and, in addition, would accommodate a dual engine supply situation if required.
The proposed Lola Indycar for 2012 focuses on several key areas - safety, efficiency, engine adaptability, weight reduction (proposed 1380lbs versus current 1540lbs), pleasing aesthetics with good sponsor exposure and a concentrated evaluation on significantly improving overtaking.
“We have worked closely and methodically to understand the needs of the IRL board, the fans and the teams while remaining aligned and sensitive to the challenging commercial needs of all stakeholders,” managing director Robin Brundle commented, “For Lola, it is also very important that the fans enjoy the cars and receive a great spectacle both trackside and on TV.”
As part of the rigorous technical studies by Lola engineers, an entire range of futuristic concept cars were explored. While these proved technically interesting and on the wish list of the special projects team, some of these options will be deferred, but retained, as a next iteration option. Lola-supported university projects that are now using recycled materials continue to be of great interest.
“Lola's history in US racing stretches back to 1965 and includes three Indy 500 wins, Can-Am, sportscar and Champ Car title successes,” executive chairman Martin Birrane pointed out, “It is upon this framework of heritage, combined today with Lola's state-of-the-art technical capabilities, that ensures the company continues to be perfectly positioned to enter a new era and add another chapter to this already fascinating and inspiring partnership.”